London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29: match report
Gareth Steenson scored a hatful of points for Exeter ChiefsPhoto: ACTION IMAGES By Paul Bolton , Madejski Stadium 6:33PM BST 21 Sep 2013 Comments London Irish were left to count the cost of the sin-binning of their Wales international prop John Yapp as they suffered defeat at the Madejski Stadium for the first time in 2013. Yapp, on a season-long loan from Edinburgh, was yellow carded for collapsing a maul 14 minutes from time and Exeter needed no second invitation to ram home their numerical superiority by scoring two forward-dominated tries in a decisive six minute period. Former Australia lock Dean Mumm was shunted over from a driving maul and flanker Ben White then picked up and drove over for the clincher after Tom Johnson had made the initial break. Those tries transformed the game after the Exiles had gone 11 points clear with a fourth try in three matches from Marland Yarde whose brilliant finish exploited gap left by the sin-binning of Tom James, another Wales international, for tackling an opponent without the ball. Im gutted, the team is gutted because we picked up a point and frittered away three points, but that is where we are as a group, said the Exiles director of rugby Broan Smith. Related Articles Worcester 13 Harlequins 37 20 Sep 2013 Exeter largely marked Yarde out of the match but the England wing was given an easy run in after a counter-attack from Bryn Evans and scoring pass from full-back Alex Lewington which was referred to the television match official to check whether it had gone forward. Lewington, formerly with Leicester and Nottingham, received a surprise and late call up for his debut after Topsy Ojo tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up and became the 12th out of 35 players in the Exiles squad to be ruled out by injury. Lewington had a busy debut which included a couple of sniping runs and an arm in the face as he attempted to tackle Johnson but it was up front where the Exiles lost control of the game. They initially matched Exeters forward power and scored the opening try on the half hour when prop Matt Parr helped to smuggle over lock Nic Rouse. Yardes try, which was followed by a touchline conversion and a penalty from Ian Humphreys, appeared to have given the Exiles a valuable home win but Yapps departure let Exeter back in. We showed great character to come back the way we did and probably we won the game that is relatively rare for us in that we made it a tight forward squeeze, said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter. Match details Scoring sequence: 0-3 Steenson pen; 3-3 Humphreys pen; 3-6 Steenson pen; 3-9 Steenson pen; 8-9 Rouse try; 10-9 Humphreys con; 10-12 Steenson pen; 13-12 Humphreys pen; 18-12 Yarde try; 20-12 Humphreys con; 23-12 Humphreys pen; 23-15 Steenson pen; 23-20 Mumm try; 23-22 Steenson con; 23-27 White try; 23-29 Steenson con; London Irish: A Lewington; M Yarde, F Mulchrone (S Geraghty 75), E Sheridan, A Fenby; I Humphreys (M Parr 72-78, S Tagicakibau 78), T OLeary (captain D Allinson 76); M Parr (J Yapp 59), D Paice(J Stevens 75), H Aulika ( Halavatau 35), N Rouse (I Nimmo 45-48), J Sinclair (Nimmo 72), D Danaher, B Evans, O Treviranus. Exeter: P Dollman; I Whitten, J Shoemark, S Hill (M Jess 54), T James; G Steenson, H Thomas (D Lewis 57); B Sturgess (B Moon 53), J Yeandle (C Whitehead 69), H Tui (C Rimmer 58), D Mumm (captain), D Welch, B White, J Scaysbrook, T Johnson.
Franklin and Arnold, hero and villain – in London
The London-based broker and its investors sold 390 million pounds of shares at 230 pence each, according to a statement today. Foxtons, known for the fleet of Mini Coopers used by employees to show homes to clients, is benefiting from Londons booming property market, where the average price of a home climbed 9.7 percent in July from a year earlier, according to the U.K.s Office for National Statistics. BC Partners Ltd. , which bought Foxtons in 2007, also sold shares in the IPO. House prices are above pre-2007 levels, said Anthony Codling, an analyst at Jefferies Group LLC. In a market with such strong fundamentals, people have got limited ways to access the U.K. housing market recovery. Investors committed to buying all Foxtons shares on offer on the first day that investors were allowed to buy into it, people with knowledge of the matter said on Sept. 10. Zoopla IPO? Zoopla Ltd, which operates a property website , is considering an IPO that could value the company at more than 1 billion pounds, the Sunday Times reported earlier this month. It would be a logical move for housing-market companies to accelerate listing plans, Codling said. BC Partners bought Foxtons, founded by Jon Hunt in 1981, for about 390 million pounds before losing control in 2010 after creditors reorganized the brokers debt. Last year BC Partners bought back a majority stake, the Daily Telegraph reported.
NFL exec: Team in London ‘clearly’ not happening soon
It was originally believed that these sinister sounds drove many early armonica players mad. In reality, the lead in the glass caused this condition. An unleaded model can be played by visitors; the original is on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. In London, Franklin also developed the lightning rod. An original of his is still perched atop St. Paul’s Cathedral. During the home’s renovation, 26 layers of paint were removed to expose the color that was there in the 1750s, now dubbed “Franklin’s Green.” This color seems appropriate. Always a trendsetter, Franklin was “green” before it was cool. In London, he fine-tuned the energy-saving Franklin stove – during winter, he was in bed by 4:30 p.m., the better to cut down on candle usage. Franklin lived only a block from the Thames, not too far across the murky river from the tomb of the Revolution’s most notorious villain: Benedict Arnold. The American general plotted a handover of the fort at West Point to the British for a tidy sum of money, making his name synonymous with treachery.
27 Wembley holds 84,500 for American football, and the games were virtual sellouts within two weeks SHARE 20 CONNECT 20 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE The NFL’s British fan base has grown rapidly since the international series began at Wembley Stadium in 2007. But the league’s head of international business isn’t ready to say the NFL is close to putting a team in London full-time. “We’d like to continue to grow our fan base even more aggressively,” Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international, told USA TODAY Sports this week. “And whether that’s doubling it from where it is today I’m not entirely sure what the exact number is I certainly would want us to be even bigger in the UK before we made a move like that, which clearly wouldn’t be something that would happen in the near term.” For the first time, the international series will put two games in London this year, starting with the Minnesota Vikings “hosting” the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29. The Jacksonville Jaguars who have agreed to play a “home” game in London each season through 2016 and could be the main target if the NFL considers moving a team face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. GOODELL: Speaks out on Goldson appeal Tickets for both games at Wembley Stadium, which holds 84,500 for American football, were virtual sellouts within two weeks, Parsons said. A restricted number of “season tickets” that gave fans tickets for both games were the first to go. “The data that we’ve collected over the past four years really has shown our fan base has grown exponentially,” said Parsons, a UK native who grew up listening to NFL games on Armed Forces Radio and has been working with the league for five years. “When we stack ourselves up against sports in the UK, depending on what metric you’re looking at, we’ve gone from well outside the top 10 to now inside the top 10 in terms of fan numbers and in terms of viewing figures.” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said data shows the fan base has doubled since 2007, with 11.3 million people in the UK (population: about 63.1 million as of the 2011 census) now identifying themselves as NFL fans. “There is a hardcore following,” said Bagley, who traveled with a group of Vikings officials for last year’s international series game between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. “They love the NFL, and they love the real thing not preseason games, not World League of American Football. They love the real, competitive, intense drama of NFL football.” Parsons offered a more conservative estimate.